I bet you thought I was never coming back.
Yes, it's been more than a week since my last post, and all I've managed to do lately is post pictures of my flower garden. Sorry about that. I just don't have the gusto I once had for reading and commenting on internet news articles. I'm hoping that it will come back once classes end. Meanwhile, this is the last day of classes at CUNY, and I am sitting in my house averaging my students' quiz grades, listening to Tony Joe White, and generally "taking care of business." It's that time of year when this blog is a welcome respite from the chorus of excuses and cries of unfairness that come from students who have, in the last week of the course, just figured out that they really should have read the syllabus I handed out on the first day.
Since I last wrote, my union's progressive slate has won an election on my campus, and I've been nominated as my campus's representative on the CUNY-wide contract organizing committee. Perhaps that means I'll try to renew my energy for this blog with academic "labor" news a bit this summer. The latest outrage from CUNY management is that they have decided not to pay adjunct professors for their work during the fifteenth week of classes because they're only "proctoring exams" and not really teaching. The cheapness!
CUNY faculty will be protesting next week at lunch time at all the campuses where this is the case, in what's called the Campaign of Outrage
Here are the picket dates:
Monday, May 21 – Baruch, Vertical Campus, 12 - 1:30 pm.
Tuesday, May 22 – Bronx CC, Language Hall, 12 - 1:30 pm.
Wednesday, May 23 – College of Staten Island, Administration Building 1A, 12 -
Thursday, May 24 – Queensborough CC, Administration Building, 12:00 - 1:30 pm.
Thursday, May 31 – Kingsborough CC, Administration Building A, 2:00 - 3:30 pm.
For more information, call PSC Organizer Sue Li at (212) 354-1252
and that's all for now.